|Full Name||Method Man|
|Birthday||March 2, 1971|
|Birthplace||Hempstead, New York|
|Relationship||Married to Tamika Smith|
|Net Worth||$14 million|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube|
Method Man is an American rap legend who rose to mainstream fame in the mid-1990s as a member of the pioneering hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He soon became one of the biggest solo stars spawned from the group after releasing his massively successful debut album Tical in 1994.
With his fiery rhymes, grimy beats, unique slang, and flamboyant style, Method Man epitomized East Coast rap excellence during his artistic peak. Now over 25 years into a storied career, Method Man has cemented his legacy as both a highly influential musician and well-rounded entertainer.
Early Life & Formative Years
Clifford Smith was born on March 2, 1971 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York to strict Jehovah‘s Witness parents. From an early age, Smith gravitated towards hip hop culture, writing his first rhymes during elementary school.
As a teenager, he adopted the stage name Method Man after seeing the kung fu film The Fearless Young Boxer. Method Man began battling local MCs during the late 1980s and eventually linked up with two cousins, Gary Grice (GZA) and Robert Diggs (RZA), who shared his passion for raw, gritty hip hop.
Wu-Tang Clan Years
In 1992, Method Man joined forces with GZA, RZA, Ol‘ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa to form the pioneering rap crew Wu-Tang Clan. The group fused gritty beats, Five Percenter teachings, and influences from martial arts films to create their distinct sound.
After scrapping an initial album, Wu-Tang released their now-classic debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, which Method Man shone on with his aggressive battle raps and grimy stories. Songs like "Method Man" and "Protect Ya Neck" became instant hip hop classics.
Wu-Tang‘s phenomenal debut kicked off a hip hop dynasty throughout the 1990s, with Method Man playing a key role as the charismatic, fashionable heartthrob of the group. His wild persona and loud Versace suits made him an MTV favorite.
Some of Method Man‘s best Wu-Tang work can be heard on songs like "Shadowboxin’,” “Ice Cream,” “Triumph,” “Gravel Pit,” and many more throughout the group‘s extensive catalog.
Breakout Solo Success
After enter the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man wasted no time launching a massively successful solo career. His debut album Tical arrived in 1994 powered by bangers like "Bring the Pain" and "Release Yo‘ Delf" along with the Mary J Blige-assisted "I‘ll Be There For You/You‘re All I Need To Get By," which won a Grammy.
Tical‘s raw yet melodic sound resonated with fans globally, making Method Man one of hip hop‘s newest superstars. His fame grew even more when he appeared in films like The Great White Hype and Cop Land in the late 90s.
1998‘s Tical 2000: Judgement Day debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went double platinum. Singles like "Judgement Day" and "Cereal Killer" became classics. His third album Tical 0: The Prequel followed in 2004 along with the hit comedy film Soul Plane.
In 2006, Method Man teamed up with fellow rap icon Redman to release the collaboration album Blackout!, which spawned the hit single “Ayo”. The duo have since released two more albums together.
Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Method Man continued recording solo albums, Wu-Tang projects, collaborations, and more sophisticated crossover hits like the Ne-Yo-featuring track “Say”. He also grew his acting profile with roles in acclaimed series like HBO‘s The Wire and Oz.
Even today, Method Man‘s solo shows remain massive draws and he still occasionally drops new music, proving his staying power.
Wu-Tang Solo Projects & Collaborations
Beyond his own albums, Method Man showed up for his Wu brothers by appearing on many pivotal solo projects from fellow members Raekwon (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx), GZA (Liquid Swords), Ghostface Killah (Ironman) and others.
Some of Method Man‘s most acclaimed guest verses can be heard on songs like Mobb Deep‘s "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)", Redman‘s "Da Rockwilder", D‘Angelo‘s "Left and Right", and LL Cool J‘s "4, 3, 2, 1” alongside Canibus, DMX and Redman.
In addition to Redman, Method Man has released multiple collaborative albums with Wu-Tang member Raekwon and formed a trio with Redman and reggae star Busta Rhymes.
Acting & Other Ventures
By the late 1990s, Method Man‘s magnetic charisma and personality led him to expand into an acting career. His breakout role came as one of the leads in the 1999 stoner comedy How High alongside Redman.
Other notable Method Man acting credits include Garden State, The Wire, The Sitter and a cameo in Amy Schumer‘s Trainwreck. He frequently plays comedic characters that riff on his hip hop persona.
Beyond music and film, Method Man co-authored an autobiography titled Tical: The Prequel which became a New York Times bestseller in 2004. Always business savvy, he has endorsed brands like Right Guard and appeared in video games like Def Jam Vendetta, Grand Theft Auto III and True Crime: Streets of LA.
Method Man also enjoys fitness and health. He stays in shape through boxing workouts and weightlifting, sometimes even doing pushups on stage during performances.
Method Man married Tamika Smith in 2001 and together they have three children. He has been an outspoken advocate for autism awareness and cannabis legalization.
Despite fame and wealth, Method Man has remained down to earth. He‘s known for keeping it real at all times, whether cracking jokes in interviews or speaking his unfiltered mind.
Above all, Method Man is driven by a pure passion for hip hop and rhyming. He remains devoted to the craft that made him an icon.
Method Man‘s Legacy
With over 25 prolific years in hip hop under his belt, Method Man has crafted a legacy as one of music‘s most talented, authentic, and trailblazing artists. Speaking in 2019, longtime collaborator and producer RZA summarized Meth‘s legacy perfectly:
"He‘s one of the best soloists to come out of the Wu-Tang empire. He‘s an amazing lyricist, amazing flow, energy, charisma. When Method gets on the mic, he gets busy!"
Through the timeless music created with Wu-Tang Clan and on his own classic solo albums, Method Man has cemented his place among hip hop‘s greatest MCs. He has influenced everyone from Drake to Joey Bada$$ with his rhyme skills, fashion sense, bold persona, and acting talents.
Both hardcore hip hop heads and casual music fans continue to love Method Man. His concerts with Wu-Tang and Redman remain must-see events. No matter what the future holds, Meth‘s iconic catalog of music, film and culture contributions will live on.
Wu-Tang is forever!